Ten Questions with Oddisee
Sudanese-American artist Oddisee takes five to answer 10 ahead of this week’s NZ shows.
Performers will include Dam Dans — featuring Brooke Singer (French for Rabbits), Penelope Esplin (Grawlixes), Jacqui Nyman (Fraser Ross & the 04s & Sulco d’Alma) and Olivia Campion (Girl boss & Yumi Zouma), Bangers and Smash, Birdhouse, Bree Rose, Grown Downz, the Julian Temple Band, the Something Quartet and DJ Kitten Witch.
The festival will also feature installations from visual artists.
Live Music at the Lettuce Inn #6 is at 33 Sedgemoor Lane, Katikati, on January 26.
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Dunedin “sludge pop” band Soaked Oats are hitting the road for towns great and small on their 13-date Aotearoa tour.
The Shuggah Doom Tour, starting December 28 and wrapping up on February 21, will visit centres including Coromandel, Gisborne, Mount Maunganui, Taupo, Leigh and Kapiti Coast among others.
During that time the band will release a new single, from an EP due early next year.
Soaked Oats have just returned from a successful US tour where they travelled in excess of 10,000 miles in a 1980s RV to play 20 shows.
■ ■ ■ Children’s songwriters Kath Bee and Anna van Riel have recorded a Christmas song,
with proceeds going to Variety.
The catchy pop song, recorded at Wanaka by Danny Fairley, includes a multicultural and multi-aged choir from around the Wanaka area, with a gospel touch added by 12-year-old soloist Matilda Metcalf. Consistently educational and entertaining.
Why is music such a strong format for exploring political issues?
Anything in the form of song is easier to digest. We learn maths and the alphabet to music because it helps us remember. Our brains are wired to have a deeper connection to things presented in melody. I have no message I want people to leave with. I want people to leave with a feeling. My band and I are looking to use the live platform to be personal and share an emotional experience. I’ll be performing music that covers my entire catalog. Although the music isn’t new, it’s been reworked to feel new. To be honest, we go where we’re booked. That question would better be asked by the venues that take on our shows. Often times we’re introduced to cities due to being brought there.
You once tweeted that Auckland is home of your favourite clothing brand and favourite coffee. Is that still the case?
Absolutely. I Love Ugly is still a brand I support and New Zealand has some of the best baristas on earth. Taking my fiance´ , now wife, to Piha beach for a walk around.
If you had one wish that would come true, what would it be?
To continue making music for a living the rest of my life.
You can only have one album on your device. What is it?
Marvin Gaye — with that album so much. I connect The Roots, Tribe Called Quest, Bilal, Little Brother and Oddisee & Good Compny.